Quotes from experts more qualified than the ones this city used in making its decision to deploy smart meters……
“If discussions around energy strategies and policies can move beyond shallow thinking….such as the notion that a new utility meter represents a foundational element on the path to sustainability – and move toward comprehensive and clear thinking about the objectives and means available, transforming the electricity system can be only the first step in a greater transformation to a new energy future that is sustainable, secure and a source of economic wealth. We are in a critical historical moment when the stakes are high and the opportunities are great – as are the hazards. The only option not realistically on the table is continuation of the status quo.”
Dr. Timothy Schoechle, PhD, Boulder, CO, Veteran Communications Technology Expert.
“The so-called ‘smart’ grid that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got is not smart at all. It’s a really, really stupid grid.”
Former CIA Director, James Woolsey
“Much early rhetoric about the smart grid and its potential was visionary and grandiose, but what has been delivered has been less impressive, offering little or no public benefit but much public expense.”
Taken from Dr. Tim Schoechle’s “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid.”
“The present smart meter – which itself benefits only the centralized utilities at the expense of the consumer – has thus become the symbol and focus of rapidly amplifying public pushback. This pushback is now opening the door to growing public support for the necessary re-thinking of the entire electricity and energy system, while a truly wise, affordable, and economically and environmentally sustainable solution is still possible.
At the end – or beginning – of the day, what it comes down to is simply this; in order to establish an abundant and hospitable world for ourselves and a sustainable and empowering future for all generations, we cannot – and need not – wait for our formally elected politicians to find the right energy policy. It is time for each of us to stand up for our home, our family, and our planet – and to make an end run around the failing archaic centralized grid policy and the disempowering intrusion of the smart meter. It is time for all of us to take the next wise empowering steps together, as Dr. Schoechle suggests at the conclusion of Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid.”
Duncan Campbell, Esq,, Boulder, CO – September 2012